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Wedding dysfunction coming to Bremerton Community Theater
British farce There Goes the Bride will be on the boards through June 29.
The Bremerton Community Theaters latest production, which hit the boards this weekend, makes clear that its often best to leave work at the office.
Especially when its the morning of your daughters wedding day and your work just happens to take the form of a sexily dressed, kinky little flapper girl whos invisible to everyone else, but only has eyes for you, so to speak. Thus is the complicated situation that a successful British advertising agent named Timothy Westerby (played by the well apt Charlie Birdsell) finds himself in after bumping his head in the Ray Cooney farce There Goes the Bride. It will play through June 29 at BCT, under the Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton, directed by the Cooney-seasoned, Kitsap theater veteran Linda Jensen.
The BCT press release parenthesized that Jensen has probably directed more of Cooneys plays than any other director. More than any director on the planet? In town? In the universe?
Jensens actually directed more than a dozen Cooney productions in the past 15 years, including Move Over, Mrs. Markham and Run for your Wife at BCT.
She said one of this shows eventual cast members Donna Barland who plays Timothys wife Ursula Westerby gave her the script for There Goes the Bride, and it was one of those shows she knew shed want to direct, right from the first read.
She was traveling to Canada by ferry at the time.
We were up on the deck, sort of sunning ourselves on the way to Victoria, and I was laying on one of the chairs, reading the script and just laughing out loud, Jensen recounted. People were staring at me, but theres something about Cooneys writing that just tickles me.
The playwright, one of Britains most successful, is well known for his sex farces which tend to lug a hefty lot of innuendo combined with a traditional British bawdiness and structural complications that lead to hilarious situations for his characters.
While There Goes the Bride is a typical sex farce, Jensen noted it is markedly one of Cooneys works.
In a Cooney farce, she said, one can usually expect at least one male character with his pants around his ankles, characters caught in compromising situations and plenty of on-stage embarrassment.
But arent we forgetting about the bride?
There Goes the Bride, a Ray Cooney farce directed by Linda Jensen, starring Charlie Birdsell, Donna Barland and Mandi Laxson, will play through June 29 at the Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton. Curtains are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 general, $9 seniors/students, $7 for kids under 12 (but kids under 12 probably wont quite comprehend this one). Info: www.bremertoncommunitytheatre.org or call (360) 373-5152.